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Developer Recreates Dutch Painter Johannes Vermeer’s Studio in VR

Dutch film, animation and design studio Zootroop has released a unique virtual reality (VR) project onto the Oculus VR Share Beta. The group has reimagined the studio of 17th century artist Johannes Vermeer in VR, giving players the opportunity to explore the space, which is set in Delft, Holland, using the Oculus Rift VR headset. The project can be downloaded for free on both PC and Mac, and will apparently run on ‘any midrange device’.

Vermeer_1Displayed inside the studio are two of Vermeer’s paintings. Both have commentary by two art historians that can be played as you look at them. The historians point out certain aspects of the work which may also be present in the surrounding studio. Some of Vermeer’s subjects can also be found within the room.

The experience can be controlled with both a keyboard and mouse or gamepad, pending your preference. It’s not the first gallery-esque project to be released online; last month saw an indie developer release a project named the SwedishVR Museum that let users tour such an environment. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR projects and bring them to you.